Panthers turn in complete team victory against Loris

cffoot-bealeblackCarolina Forest had to wait more than one month before playing its home opener at the Black Hole, but the Panthers made an impressive debut Friday night with an overall team effort in a 21-0 victory over Loris.

How complete was the Panthers’ win? Their three touchdowns came via offense, defense and special teams as Carolina Forest improved to 4-1 on the season. The shutout was the Panthers’ second this season against an Horry County opponent, silencing St. James 42-0 earlier this season.

The Carolina Forest offense had a harder time moving the ball against the Lions, but the special teams unit got things rolling for the Panthers early in the contest. Richmond Collier recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give Carolina Forest a quick 7-0 advantage.

The Panthers finally found paydirt the old fashioned way when Jaylen Johnson, getting reps in place of the injured Dyverse Simmons, broke free for a 10-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for a 14-0 halftime lead. Collier also had a pick-6 called back on a penalty, but Jakarius Davis got the defense on the board in the third period with a fumble recovery for a TD.

Carolina Forest opens Region 6-5A play next week at Socastee.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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